LUBBOCK, Texas – Coming off a close 3-2 loss at Iowa State Wednesday night, Texas Tech returns to the road once again this weekend to face West Virginia at 12 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum. It will be just Tech’s third trip ever to Morgantown, W.Va., as the Red Raiders enter the match looking to snap a five-match losing streak. The Red Raiders are currently 8-17 on the year and 1-8 in Big 12 Conference play while the Mountaineers are 16-8 overall and 2-6 in league action.
AROUND THE NET
• Despite now being Big 12 Conference foes, Texas Tech and West Virginia are meeting for just the sixth time in school history Saturday afternoon with the Red Raiders leading the overall series, 4-1, with a 2-0 mark in matches in Morgantown.
• The first meeting between Tech and West Virginia earlier this year was a complete role reversal from a season ago as the Mountaineers overcame an early first-set loss to take a 3-1 victory in Lubbock. The Red Raiders had previously picked up a pair of 3-1 victories over West Virginia during the 2012 season.
• Texas Tech’s lone Big 12 Conference victory came on the road earlier this season with a 3-2 victory on Oct. 12 at TCU. The Red Raiders have fallen to Kansas State and Iowa State on the road since that match.
• Texas Tech has found success behind the service line as of late, totaling 20 aces in the last three matches combined, including a season-high 11 this past Wednesday at Iowa State. Tech’s 11 aces against the Cyclones marked its most since collegiate volleyball turned to 25-point sets and its most since recording 16 on Nov. 10, 2004, at Oklahoma.
• The Red Raiders will also look to improve its passing against the Mountaineers after Iowa State totaled 15 aces against the Red Raiders on Wednesday, which marked the most for a Big 12 team in league action so far this season. The 26 combined aces marked the most in a Tech match dating back to 2008.
• In addition to setting a season high for aces Wednesday night, the Red Raiders also notched a new mark for blocks with 13.5 against the Cyclones, seven of which that came off the hands of Aubree Piper.
• The Red Raiders recovered from a two-set deficit to force a fifth and deciding set against Iowa State on Wednesday before the Cyclones used a late 7-1 run to earn the victory. The match aired nationally on ESPNU, which marked Tech’s first-ever appearance on an ESPN network.
• Like Tech, West Virginia will also be looking to snap a losing streak Saturday as the Mountaineers have dropped their last four matches, including a 3-1 decision this past Tuesday to Marshall in non-conference action. West Virginia has fallen in six of its seven matches since last facing the Red Raiders on Oct. 5 earlier this season.
texas tech and west virginia - the series
Texas Tech and West Virginia will be meeting Saturday for just the sixth time in school history as the Red Raiders are 4-1 all-time against the Mountaineers. West Virginia won the match-up between the two schools earlier this year, claiming a 3-1 victory in Lubbock where the Mountaineers overcame an early first-set loss. Tech will be making just its second ever trip to Morgantown this weekend as the Red Raiders are 2-0 all-time with a pair of 3-1 victories on Sept. 22, 1995, and Oct. 13, 2012.
SERVE IT UP
Texas Tech will be looking to continue its impressive display as of late behind the service line as the Red Raiders have totaled 20 aces in the last three matches, 11 of which that came Wednesday night at Iowa State. Nicole Hragyil led the Red Raiders with a career-high five aces against the Cyclones, the most for a Red Raiders since Emily Ruetter also recorded five at Central Arkansas last year. Rachel Brummitt, who leads all Red Raiders with 26 aces on the season, and Breeann David are both currently ranked seventh and eighth in the Big 12 entering this weekend with 0.28 and 0.27 service aces per set averages. Tech’s 11 aces on Wednesday marked its most in a Big 12 match since collegiate volleyball moved to 25-point sets. It was also the most for a Red Raider in any match since recording 16 on Nov. 10, 2004, at Oklahoma.
GRUBB MAKES IMPRESSIVE STARTING DEBUT IN FRONT OF NATIONAL TELEVISION
National television or a hostile road environment could not halt an impressive performance for freshman setter Marguerite Grubb Wednesday night at Iowa State where she made her first career start. Grubb, who had previously been inserted in various situations this year, dished out 38 assists while adding 10 digs for her first career double-double. She is the second Red Raider to record a double-double in her first career start this season, joining Jenna Allen, who did so on Sept. 25 at Oklahoma. Grubb is now one of three Red Raider freshmen who have started a match this season, joining Katie Daffer and Courtney Ensch.
BRUMMITT ON PACE FOR YET ANOTHER MEMORABLE SEASON
With seven matches still remaining in the season, it’s safe to say that Rachel Brummitt will likely snap her own single-season school record from a year ago as the junior libero heads to West Virginia with 480 digs, 30 shy of her total from a year ago. The Plano, Texas native has recorded the impressive numbers despite playing in 92 sets so far, three less at the 25-match point where she had 423 digs a year ago. Brummitt is averaging 5.22 digs per set which ranks second in the Big 12 this year and is almost a full dig higher than her average at this point a year ago. Brummitt has finished with 20 or more digs 13 times already this year, including a season-high 29 on Sept. 7 against Eastern Washington. She has been in double digits for digs in all but one of Tech’s matches this season as well.
BRUMMITT’S PERFORMANCE DURING THE 2012 & 2013 SEASONS
Season SP Digs Per Set
Through 25 matches 92 480 5.22
Through 25 matches 95 423 4.45
Through 26 matches 98 439 4.48
Through 27 matches 101 447 4.43
Through 28 matches 104 459 4.41
Through 29 matches 107 468 4.37
Through 30 matches 111 483 4.35
BRUMMITT CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER DIGS
In addition to nearing her single-season school record for digs a year ago, Rachel Brummitt is closing in on 1,000 digs for her career as the junior libero enters the West Virginia match with 990 in almost two full seasons. The Plano, Texas native could approach the career category for digs by the end of the year as Ginger Carter currently sits in 10th place all-time after recording 1,092 digs from 1991-94. Lisa Hilgers is the Texas Tech all-time leader in digs as she totaled 1,583 over her four seasons from 1995-98. No Tech player has ever reached the 1,000 career dig mark in just two seasons as a Red Raider.
TEXAS TECH CAREER LEADERS IN DIGS
1. Lisa Hilgers (1995-98) 1,583
2. Ann Romjue (1999-02) 1,520
3. Cristine Martin (1993-97) 1,323
4. Melissa McGehee (1999-02) 1,270
5. Jenn (Harrell) Goehry (2006-09) 1,229
6. Skydra Orzen (1998-01) 1,221
7. Chris Martin (1988-91) 1,152
8. Sheila Soloman (1987-90) 1,139
9. Sabrina Zenon (1988-91) 1,131
10. Ginger Carter (1991-94) 1,092
Rachel Brummitt (2012-Present) 990